Everybody loves Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So it's no surprise that when DC Comics decided that Superman would try to find Krypton in the night sky in an upcoming issue of ACTION COMICS, they thought Mr. Tyson should be the person to help the Man of Steel. (In such a vulnerable moment, it's important to have support from a friend, right?) What DC wasn't banking on, I'd wager, was how involved Mr. Tyson would become once he agreed to let them use his likeness: Tyson worked with the writers to find a real star that could serve as a plausible location for Krypton's sun based on the relatively fuzzy criteria about the planet's location.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and one of the Daily Show's favorite people (judging by the number of times he has been interviewed on the show). He's also one of our most favorite science geeks.
He will be appearing on the show again tonight, most likely to talk about this week's premiere of his NOVA documentary The Pluto Files, chronicling the declassification of Pluto as a planet.
His interviews always remind us to be excited about science. But don't take our word for it. We've embedded his last Daily Show interview after the jump.